46 U.S. Code § 12105 - Issuance of documentation

(a) In General.— Except as provided in section 12152 of this title, the Secretary, on receipt of a proper application, shall issue a certificate of documentation or a temporary certificate of documentation for a vessel satisfying the requirements of section 12103 of this title. The certificate shall contain each endorsement under subchapter II of this chapter for which the owner applies and the vessel is eligible.
(b) Temporary Certificates for Recreational Vessels.— The Secretary may delegate, subject to the supervision and control of the Secretary and under terms prescribed by regulation, to private entities determined and certified by the Secretary to be qualified, the authority to issue a temporary certificate of documentation for a recreational vessel eligible under section 12103 of this title. A temporary certificate issued under this subsection is valid for not more than 30 days.
(c) Information To Be Included in Certificate.— A certificate of documentation shall—
(1) identify and describe the vessel;
(2) identify the owner of the vessel; and
(3) contain additional information prescribed by the Secretary.
(d) Procedures To Ensure Integrity and Accuracy.— The Secretary shall prescribe procedures to ensure the integrity of, and the accuracy of information contained in, certificates of documentation.


(Pub. L. 109–304, § 5,Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1493.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised Section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
46:12103(a) (less filing by owner).

In subsection (b), the words “eligible under” are substituted for “if the applicant for the certificate of documentation meets the requirements set out in” for consistency in the chapter and to eliminate unnecessary words.
Prior Provisions

A prior section 12105,Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 586; Pub. L. 100–710, title I, § 104(a)(4),Nov. 23, 1988, 102 Stat. 4750; Pub. L. 101–225, title III, § 301(a)(5),Dec. 12, 1989, 103 Stat. 1920; Pub. L. 109–241, title III, § 310,July 11, 2006, 120 Stat. 529, originally derived from section 65h of former Title 46, Shipping, related to registry endorsements, prior to the general amendment of this chapter by Pub. L. 109–304. See section 12111 of this title.

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